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The Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit foundation. Their main headquarters are in the United States. The Wikimedia Foundation runs many projects using the wiki idea and the MediaWiki software. These projects include Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikiquote, Wikisource, Wikinews, Wikibooks, Wikiversity, Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata, Wikivoyage, and Meta-Wiki.[1]

There are many other wikis to do with the foundation, but these are mostly smaller projects. They include the Wikimedia Foundation wiki, the MediaWiki wiki, the Test Wikipedia, the Wikimedia Incubator, Bugzilla, and the Wikimania wiki.

The foundation's creation was officially announced by Wikipedia co-founder[2][3] Jimmy Wales, who was running Wikipedia within his company Bomis, on June 20, 2003.

The foundation gets most of its funds from donations, as it is nonprofit. It also looks for grants. Some companies have helped Wikimedia by giving free computer hardware, and by hosting servers. Since people can write the wikis, Wikimedia projects are free to use.

Ting Chen will be the current Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board until July 2012.

The different boards

Board of Trustees

Board members at Wikimania 2009 in Buenos Aires

These are the members of the Board of Trustees and the expiry of their terms, as of July 2013:[4]

  • Kat Walsh, Chair (July 2013)
  • Jan-Bart de Vreede, Vice Chair (December 2013)
  • Stu West (December 2013)
  • Bishakha Datta (December 2014)
  • Jimmy Wales (December 2013)
  • Samuel Klein (July 2013)
  • Alice Wiegand (July 2014)
  • Patricio Lorente (July 2014)
  • Ana Toni (December 2014)

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is an international network of experts who have agreed to give the foundation meaningful help on a regular basis in many different areas, including law, organizational development, technology, policy, and outreach.[5] As of April 2013, the members are:


  1. List of Wikimedia wikis on Meta
  2. Meyers, Peter (2001-09-20). "Fact-Driven? Collegial? This Site Wants You". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-07-31. "It's kind of surprising that you could just open up a site and let people work," said Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia's co-founder and the chief executive of Bomis, a San Diego search engine company that donates the computer resources for the project."
  3. Bergstein, Brian (2007-03-25). "Sanger says he co-started Wikipedia". ABC News (Associated Press). Retrieved 2007-07-31. "The nascent Web encyclopedia Citizendium springs from Larry Sanger, a philosophy Ph.D. who counts himself as a co-founder of Wikipedia, the site he now hopes to usurp. The claim doesn't seem particularly controversial — Sanger has long been cited as a co-founder. Yet the other founder, Jimmy Wales, isn't happy about it."
  4. Walsh, Jay. "Board of Trustees". Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
  5. "Advisory Board". Wikimedia Foundation. Archived from the original on 2009-09-07. Retrieved 2009-10-07.

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